May 24, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Senior distance swimmer Danny Chocron has been
named a recipient of the inaugural John McLendon Memorial Postgraduate
Scholarship Award yesterday. National Association of Collegiate Directors
of Athletics (NACDA) announced yesterday that Chocron and four others from
around the country would receive the postgraduate scholarship for studies
in athletics administration.
Chocron graduated with a 3.19 GPA in multinational business
operations with a second degree in marketing after being named to the
Dean’s List twice and the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll. Chocron
served as the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for three
years and represented the swim team. A four-year letter winner at FSU,
Chocron has won four open water nation al titles, had two runner-up
finishes and has been ranked in the Top 5 in the world on numerous
occasions. He was a silver medalist in the 1999 Pan-Pacific Championships
and was fourth at the 1997 games after winning two silver and two bronze
medals at the 1997 Macabiah Games.
A native of Venezuela, Chocron conducts swimming clinics for
under-privileged children when in his home country and also teaches at
Bolles in Jacksonville, Florida. He has been a motivational speaker around
the state of Florida where he talks about the importance of a balanced
lifestyle and pursuing dreams and goals. He plans to defend his national
title in November, then begin graduate school at FSU in sports
administration in January 2001, graduate in December, 2001 and train for
the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Chocron was one of three Division I athletes to receive the award.
Each winner will receive a $10,000 grant to be used toward postgraduate
studies in athletics administration. Funding for the scholarship program
has been provided by adidas America, the American Football Coaches
Associate, the Eddie Robinson Football Classic, Host Communications, Sears
and NACDA. Each of the winners will receive the award at NACDA’s 35th
Anniversary Convention, June 11-14 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in
Orlando, Florida. The awards luncheon will be June 13th and Michele Tafoya
from ESPN will serve as the master of ceremonies. The athletes were
required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have senior status and have
demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level.
Other award winners:
Rigel Burton, University of Florida- Business Administration, 3.28 GPA
Jamila Demby, University of California-Davis, Rhetoric & Communications,
Carey Dorn, University of Connecticut- Sports Marketing, 3.74 GPA
Kyle Johnson, Ithaca College- Sports Management, 3.55 GPA